Congress passes anti-genetic discrimination bill

May 1, 2008 10:26:54 AM PDT
Companies would not be allowed to use genetic information to make employment or insurance decisions under legislation approved almost unanimously by Congress. It's now headed to the White House. The bill, approved 414-1 by the House, also would bar health insurance companies from using genetic information to set premiums or determine enrollment eligibility. Similarly, employers could not use genetic information in hiring, firing or promotion decisions.

The Senate approved the bill unanimously last week. President Bush is expected to sign the bill.